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c11 NAPOLEON'S AIDE SETTLE 'GOD'S OWN RESTING PLACE' By HAMPTON DUNN SAFETY HARBOR --Dr. Odet Phillipi was the first white settler and grandfather of the first white child born in this region. His grave site overlooks Tampa Bay, which was known as Espiritu Santo Bay in 1823. Dr. Phillipi was directed here by a pirate he had befriended and who said of Tampa Bay: "If there is a God, surely this is His resting place. There is but one bay to compare with it, Naples..." Count Phillipi was a great nephew of Louis XVII and friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, who appointed him chie f surgeon of the French armed forces. The British captured and imprisoned him and then later freed him after his heroic action in a yellow fever epidemic. He made his way to South Carolina and joined the French Huguenots. He pulled stakes there in 1819, wound up in the Indian River region of Florida and was credited with originating the now famous In dian River citrus. Fearing an Indian uprising, he fled four years later. On the voyage his ship was intercepted by the pirate s, who gave him the "Chamber of Commerce pitch" on Tampa Bay. Dr. Phillipi cultivated a 100 acre grove, which was destroyed in 1848 by a hurricane and tidal wave. During the Civil War, he and his family moved to Hernando County. After the war he returned t o his old hammock and plantation called St. Helena. In his sunset years he sat by the waters he loved and reflected on the past and Napoleon. He would say: "This is God's own country, and this water His medicine, stirred by His hand, and deposited on this shore to heal man's suffering." He died in 1869.
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Napoleon's aide settle 'God's own resting place'
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title assigned by cataloger.
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 7, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes Dr. Odet Phillip, the first white settler of Safety Harbor (previously Espiritu Santo).
Safety Harbor (Fla.)
x Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.